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Poppy Appeal 2007 – Chipperfield Remembers Them

2nd of December 2007

Over 250 British service people have now been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and many, many more seriously injured. Chipperfield residents have yet again demonstrated their support for the Royal British Legions work for the victims of these and earlier conflicts. In the village this year we collected a record £3,750, between seven and eight percent more than last year and the best ever. Warmest thanks go to everyone who dug deeper into their pockets this year.
This excellent result was largly due to the very hard work of the house-to-house collectors, some of whom went out four or five times (mostly in the dark) to ensure they got a response from every house. Congratulations to all of them, especially the new recruits, but we still need more, younger people to help. Do get in touch with me on 01923 267515 if you could join in next year.
The enterprise of most of the pubs and shops was also impressive. Two “All-The-Year-Round” tins in one pub yielded over £58.
My particular thanks go to Helen Harmer for her help with the preparations, Patrick Gardiner for every imaginable kind of help and the team who counted the money.
An especially large crowd attended the short ceremony at the War Memorial and the Parish Church was full for the Service of Remembrance which followed. )”Much more moving”. someone said”than the impersonal dignity of St. Pauls Catherdral!”) At the service, as usual, the shockingly long list of those killed in the two World Wars was read out. Long may Chipperfield continue to show it has not forgotten their sacrifice.
Anne Wyburd, Honary Appeal Organiser

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